A hub for youths

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 26 Sep 2019

One of the mini stores at the youth hub in Hutan Bandar in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Budding entrepreneurs and youths in the city can look forward to some self- development activities and recreation with the setting up of 23 mini stores in Hutan Bandar here.

The project, covering 6ha, is being developed by Johor Baru City Council (MBJB).

The facilities and land set aside in Hutan Bandar by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) will also include a one-stop youth hub.

The hub will act as a platform for youths to enjoy and develop themselves in areas such as sports and entrepreneurship, said Irda chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.

“This initiative falls under the Iskandar Malaysia’s youth development strategy, and is based on the feedback from the youths.

“Youth development is a key economic and social agenda here, as the youths will become the future leaders and players,” he said.

Ismail added that empowering youths with skills and experience would be beneficial for the state.

“It is important to nurture them so that they will be able to support and flourish together with the fast growth of Iskandar Malaysia” he said.

Slated to open in the first quarter of next year, youths will occupy the 23 mini stores at the hub.

Facilities such as mini theatre, extreme games park, food court, meeting rooms and a camping ground are among some of facilities they hope to acquire from potential partners and sponsors.

“With this youth hub, we are expecting to have bigger events with a higher number of participants throughout the year,

“The hub will be an excellent platform for growth in personal or business development for youths” Ismail said.

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